Cannot access clean HDD with new SSD installed

  Jenius Justin 14:19 15 Apr 2015

So basically, I have bought a new SSD and used DBAN quick format on my HDD, put OS on SSD and moved my HDD to the secondary slot. I have tried to create a volume for my HDD yet it says "disk management console view is not up-to-date" (In the disk management section I have disk 0 has "OS" "recovery" and another blank 2GB partition wheareas my HDD is in disk 1). So I looked this up a fix which included going into diskpart and creating a primary partition to create a volume. However I then get the message "diskpart there is not enough usable space for this operation". Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.

  Frost_WD 14:50 16 Apr 2015

Hi Jenius Justin,

By saying you put your OS on the SSD and then moved the HDD do you mean that you cloned the OS and if so what tool did you use to do that? Also, when in BIOS is the boot order set to boot off your SSD as it should? Is there information that you would like to recover from the HDD? If not you could attempt to format, initialize, partition, etc. If you have data on the drive you could give Linux Live CD/USB a try. Another option would be either contacting professional recovery specialists or looking up a data (partition) recovery tool online. Sadly, I cannot recommend any, but a quick Google search should provide the needed result. Keep in mind that further attempts to recover the data could lead to data loss. Also, if you start writing information on the drive most likely you will lose the previous data beyond recovery.

Providing more information would be helpful.

Hope it helps,


  robin_x 16:56 16 Apr 2015

Disk management and diskpart may have genuine objections or may just be being truculent

Try Minitool Partition Wizard Free instead


Also available Minitool Partition Wizard Bootable CD

Or GParted Live

Gparted is also on most Linux distros. So you could have, for example, an Ubuntu Live CD and run it from there. Useful in your emergency stash of discs.

  Jollyjohn 16:32 17 Apr 2015

Double check drive types and what controller they need in BIOS are drives the same type of SATA, if not try on different channels.

As PC boots enter Setup / BIOS and check drive details.

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